Within any organization, the most dangerous users are those with privileged access to the company’s most valuable and sensitive data assets. This includes systems administrators, business managers, partners, suppliers, and service providers, and also takes into account the automated interactions
between business machines, systems, and applications. Privileged access has always been a high-risk issue, but for too long, organizations have not understood or have chosen to ignore the risks, preferring instead to rely on the integrity of the individuals and systems involved.
A number of high-profile security breaches over the last two years have highlighted the damage that a rogue systems administrator or stolen privileged credentials can cause. Today, fewer than half of all business organizations have deployed the type of privileged identity management (PIM) solution that could help improve the situation. This Ovum Decision Matrix (ODM) provides an in-depth view of the leading PIM solutions that are available to deal with these issues. It compares their technology, the market position each vendor has achieved, their ability to execute, and the overall maturity of each offering.